Sewing Stories: Harriet Powers' Journey from Slave to Artist

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By Barbara Herkert. Illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton.

At Rough Point, we celebrate the stories of craftsmen and craftswomen of 18th-century Newport, and beyond through the Newport Galleries of Art, Craft, & Design.

Discover the empowering story of Harriet Powers through this beautifully illustrated picture-book biography. Harriet was an artist who crafted stories through her quilts—many of which now hang in the Smithsonian and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. 

“A much-needed introduction to the life of a little known African American artist, with many possible curriculum connections: artists, quilters, women’s history, and the Civil War.”–School Library Journal

“As a picture-book introduction to an unsung artist, it inspires. Harriet Powers: an artist worth knowing.”–Kirkus Reviews

For ages 4-8.


ISBN: 978-9-385-75462-0

40 pages

Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers (2015)

8-1/2 x 11